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Ulysses S. Grant: Early Years

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterBorn: April 27, 1822
Died: July 23, 1885 (age 63)

Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant) was general-in-chief of the Union Army from 1864 to 1865 during the US Civil War and the 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877.

What do you know about Ulysses S. Grant?

1) Grant was born to Jesse Root Grant (1794-1873), a tanner, and Hannah Simpson Grant (1798-1883), both Pennsylvania natives.  At birth, Grant was named Hiram Ulysses.
Where was he born?

  1. Macon, Georgia

  2. Point Pleasant, Ohio

  3. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

2) At the age of 17, Grant entered the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, after securing a nomination through his U.S. Congressman, Thomas L. Hamer, who erroneously nominated him as "Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio."  Grant adopted the form of his new name with middle initial only.

  • True or False?

3) Lieutenant Grant served in the Mexican - American War (1846-1848) under Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.
How many times was Grant brevetted for bravery?

  1. None

  2. Once

  3. Twice

4) On August 22, 1848, Grant married Julia Boggs Dent (1826�1902), the daughter of a slave owner. Together, they had four children: Frederick Dent Grant, Ulysses S. "Buck" Grant, Jr., Ellen Wrenshall "Nellie" Grant, and Jesse Root Grant. 
What year did he marry Julia Dent?

  1. 1848

  2. 1850

  3. 1852

5) In 1854, Grant was promoted to captain, one of only 50 still on active duty, and assigned to command Company F, 4th Infantry.
Where was the company stationed?

  1. Fort Humboldt, California

  2. Fort Campbell, California

  3. Fort Verde, Arizona

6) Grant abruptly resigned from the Army with little advance notice on July 31, 1854, offering no explanation for his decision.  Rumors persisted in the Army for years that his commanding officer, found him drunk on duty as a pay officer and offered him the choice between resignation or court-martial.  However, the War Department stated, "Nothing stands against his good name."
Who was his commanding officer?

  1. Bvt. Lt. Col. Robert C. Buchanan

  2. Bvt. Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee

  3. Bvt. Lt. Col. Albert S. Johnston

7) From 1854 to 1858, he labored on a family farm near St. Louis, Missouri, using slaves owned by his father-in-law, but it did not prosper.  Grant owned one slave, whom he set free in 1859, and his wife owned four slaves.  From 1858-1859, he was a bill collector in St. Louis.  Failing at everything, he asked his father for a job, and in 1860 was made an assistant in the leather shop owned by his father.  Grant & Perkins sold harnesses, saddles, and other leather goods and purchased hides from farmers in the prosperous area.
Where was the business located?

  1. Galena, Ohio

  2. Galena, Illinois

  3. Galena, Missouri

8) When did Grant announced his affiliation as a Republican?

  1. 1860

  2. 1863

  3. 1868

9) In 1856, Grant voted for Democrat James Buchanan for president to avert secession and because "I knew Fremont" (the Republican candidate).

  • True or False?

10) After the US Civil War, what cabinet position did President Andrew Johnson want to appoint Grant?

  1. Secretary of Defense

  2. Secretary of War

  3. Secretary of State

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Ulysses S. Grant: Early Years

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